Here, we share our favourite exhibitions and installations throughout Milan city during Milan Design Week 2018, from HAY, Karakter and Gubi's respective epic takeovers of grand palazzos, to unique showroom exhibitions by Fritz Hansen, Cappellini and Magis, along with inspiring displays from Hermes, Mindcraft, COS, Caesarstone and more.
GUBI | Set within the historical backdrop of Palazzo Serbelloni - a sumptuous Milanese palace that has witnessed more than two centuries of Italian and international history – Gubi presented its 2018 news showcase alongside existing design icons in a distinguished exhibition. Read our full blog on Gubi's exhibition here.
GUBI | Inspired by the ancient splendor and neoclassical decoration of Palazzo Serbelloni, Gubi’s exhibition spread over an astonishing 1200m2 universe of home, contract and hospitality settings. Each of the ten rooms in the exhibition was inspired in palette and style by the palatial surroundings. Read our full blog on Gubi's exhibition here.
HAY | The leafy courtyard outside HAY's exhibition inside Palazzo Clerici, showcasing Palissade by the Bouroullecs in a new hot galvanised finish. Read our full blog on the HAY exhibition here.
HAY | HAY, Sonos and WeWork came together for the 2018 Milan Design Week to present a shared vision for the future of design, collaboration and living spaces. Read our full blog on the HAY exhibition at Palazzo Clerici here.
FRITZ HANSEN | Fritz Hansen presented a serene installation in their Brera showroom, to introduce the new N01 chair by nendo. Read our full blog on the Fritz Hansen installation and new chair here.
FRITZ HANSEN | The tranquil white-on-white exhibition, curated by nendo, featured white drops of layers of thin paper to form the backdrop to highlight the design details of the new N01 chair. Read our full blog on the Fritz Hansen installation and new chair here.
LOCAL MILAN | Featuring the work of 26 Australian designers, the third edition of Local Milan by Local Design was the largest independent showcase of Australian design in Milan to date - and one of our highlights during design week! Read all about the exhibition in the 5vie district here.
KARAKTER | At this year’s design week, Danish brand Karakter took part in The Litta Variations; a collaborative installation at the historical Palazzo Litta in the heart of Milan. Now in its fourth year, the contemporary design event is curated by DAMN and Mosca Partners, and involves more than 25 brands exhibiting in different pockets of the palatial building. Read our full blog on Karakter's exhibition here.
ZANOTTA | In the year of Achille Castiglioni’s hundredth birthday, Zanotta pays homage to the Maestro and recalls the relationship between the designer and the company with a special edition of two designs, along with a dedicated display in the Piazza XXV Aprile 16 showroom which shows a selection of the most beloved icons designed by the Castiglioni brothers. Read all about the exhibition here.
CAPPELLINI | During Milan Design Week 2018, the curtain opens on Cappellini Goes Gipsy – a kaleidoscopic journey inside the world of Cappellini, between tradition and modernity, between east meets west. Around the world in eight spaces, full of folk references and conceptual souvenirs, the installation is an evocative exploration of new nomadism - see more here.
CAESARSTONE X SNARKITECTURE | Quartz specialist Caesarstone teamed up with Snarkitecture to create an immersive installation called Altered States for Milan Design Week 2018. The duo took over an abandoned 19th century building, transforming it into a spellbinding amphitheater that conceptually explored water in all forms including river, liquid, ice, glaciar and steam.
MAGIS | This year Magis hits design week at full speed with two different installations throughout the city to introduce exciting new partnerships, along with a stand at the fairgrounds.
MAGIS | Magis' installations include the whimsical Linnut installation in the Magis showroom to showcase the brand’s first-ever lighting collection in partnership with Iittala, along with Installation Chess by Konstantin Grcic in a pop-up space in Brera. Read more about both installations here.
100X100 ACHILLE | 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Castiglioni's birth and the celebrations start with 100x100 Achille at the studio in Milan. This is not simply a display of objects, but the result of a long-term activity carried on by Giovanna and Carlo Castiglioni—who run the foundation dedicated to their father—and curated by Chiara Alessi and Domitilla Dardi. They asked 100 international designers to send Castiglioni a birthday gift. The only rule of this game was that the gifts had to be anonymous, cheap, compact and accompanied by a greeting card.
COS X PHILLIP K. SMITH | To celebrate its seventh year at Salone del Mobile, COS partnered with American artist, Phillip K. Smith III to create Open Sky – a light and reflection-based art installation. The piece was housed in Palazzo Isimbardi, a building dating back to the 16th century located on Milan’s Corso Monforte. Influenced by this setting, Smith’s inspiration for the installation came from Renaissance architecture, the Milanese sky and the aesthetics of COS.
ELLE DECOR ITALIA | The leafy courtyard outside Elle Decor's 'Millennials at Home' exhibition for Milan Design Week 2018, set within the beautiful Palazzo Bovara.
STUDIOPEPE | Theatrical bar moment at Studiopepe's Club Unseen - an exclusive invite-only refuge featuring a series of rooms that explored different forms of contemporary living and hospitality.
DIMORE STUDIO | At Dimoregallery, the studio presented an emotional exhibition titled 'Transfer' which explored the themes of collection and travel with an aristocratic expression.
LOUIS VUITTON | Designers including Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders and Fernando Campana joined forces to present Louis Vuitton's Objets Nomades homeware collection at Milan Design Week. A ceiling covered in thousands of red and pink Atelier Oï origami flowers was the most photographed part of the exhibition, along with this pink balloon-ceiling room.
KVADRAT | On the occasion of Salone del Mobile 2018, acclaimed design studio Doshi Levien transformed Kvadrat's central Milan showroom into universes of shape, vibrancy and colour to celebrate their new upholstery collection for the Danish textile house.
KVADRAT | In addition to the showroom installation, Kvadrat and Really invited Raw-Edges Design Studio, Front, Benjamin Hubert, Christien Meindertsma, Jo Nagasaka, Claesson Koivisto Rune and Jonathan Olivares to create projects with Solid Textile Board and Acoustic Textile Felt for an installation exploring materiality in Brera.
HERMES | Charlotte Macau Perelman and Alexis Fabry created an incredible installation for Hermes Maison, with a mini-village of seven pavillions clad in 150,000 zellige brightly coloured tiles imported from Morocco.
MINDCRAFT18 | The 2018 edition of Mindcraft returned to the charming courtyard of Basilica di San Simpliciano, this time curated by designer Ditte Hammerstrom who selected 15 rising talents to create large scale installations, each working with a different material.
NORWEGIAN PRESENCE | Norwegian Presence returned to Milan Design Week 2018, with a show in the Tortona district. Exploring the making of modern Norway, the exhibition featured work from both established and emerging design talents.
NILUFAR DEPOT | This gallery space presented Studio d'Arte Palma, an exhibition celebrating the work of Brazilian modernist Lina Bo Bardi.
ROSSANA ORLANDI | Always a labyrinth of inspiration, we loved discovering new pieces and designers at Rossana Orlandi - especially these handpainted ceramics by Andrea Santamarina.
SIX GALLERY | Six Gallery is an exciting and vibrant new space that embraces change and variety. Modernity and tradition combine effortlessly in this beautifully-restored 16th century monastery enriched with natural elements and bold design choices.
SIX GALLERY | Run by Fanny Bauer Grung and David Lopez Quincoces, the gallery space is always in flux - where new and old pieces of all different styles are combined.
SIX GALLERY | During Milan Design Week 2018, Six Gallery was a major must-see - both the gallery itself and the beautiful leafy courtyard outside.
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